Wigan Athletic 0-1 Millwall

Ian Holloway

Millwall moved above Barnsley in the Championship table after a battling win away at Wigan.

Ipswich loanee Carlos Edwards' deflected effort split the two sides and moved the Lions up to 22nd place.

Jack Collison came close to equalising for the Latics late on but his effort went just wide.

Millwall have now recorded back-to-back victories while defeat for Wigan is only their second in thirteen league matches.

Latics manager Uwe Rosler made eight changes to his starting eleven ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal while his counterpart Ian Holloway named an unchanged team on the back of a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

The visitors looked much more livelier from the outset and it was no surprise when Edwards carried the ball almost half the length of the pitch and scored with an effort that diverted off Leon Barnett and looped over the head of goalkeeper Scott Carson.

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Post-match: Millwall boss Holloway

Marc-Antoine Fortune and James McArthur replaced Nicky Maynard and Josh McEachran at half time as the Latics tried to force their way back into the game.

Fortune headed wide of David Forde's goal while Nick Powell - a second-half substitute - almost scored with his first touch after replacing James McClean.

But they knew it wasn't to be their day when Jean Beausejour cleverly found Collison 12 yards out, only for the midfielder's shot to curl inches past the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Milllwall nearly doubled their advantage in the closing stages when Scott Malone's blockbusting drive was parried away by Carson, who then kept out the follow-up from Steve Morison on the goalline.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"When you start a game like that it is very difficult to get anything in football.

"The second half was OK, and I don't think we could have done any more except score a goal.

"We pinned them back, they only had one chance, and we did everything we could to rescue the game.

"But we gave the first half away. There were big holes in midfield."

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"I'm delighted. Whether Wigan had half an eye on the FA Cup semi-final I don't know, but you can't argue with the way we played.

"We moved the ball around well in the first half and we scored a great goal.

"The second half was different - we were up against it and got a little bit nervous.

"But we hung in there and the last two games have given me a little bit of hope and pride for the future."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley41231443283
3Derby41219112572
4QPR412010111270
5Wigan411910121467
6Reading411712121363
7Brighton41161312961
8Ipswich41161312761
9Bournemouth41171014161
10Nottm Forest41141710759
11Blackburn41151412359
12Watford401414121656
13Middlesbrough41131612955
14Bolton41121514-351
15Sheff Wed41121316049
16Leeds4113820-1147
17Huddersfield41121019-746
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster41111020-2543
20Blackpool41101219-2442
21Charlton39101118-2041
22Millwall4191220-3039
23Barnsley4081220-2836
24Yeovil4181122-2535
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